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Half of the famed stoner duo Cheech and Chong, Cheech Marin is an accomplished comedian, actor and director.
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Later, Marin collaborated with Rodriguez for the 2000 family hit Spy Kids (and its sequels), and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). He also continued his voiceover work, with parts in Cars (2006) and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008), and had a recurring role as the father of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes on the popular TV drama Lost.
In 2008, Cheech and Chong reunited for the "Light Up America" tour,
for which they reprised their famous stoner personas. They followed that with their "Get it Legal" tour, proving that their subversive brand of humor remained relevant long after the counter-culture movement that spawned it had passed. Of his career with Chong, Marin once stated, "The thing for a comedy team to be successful, what people don't realize, is that it involves a great deal of compromise. And the most successful comedy teams—or any kind of teams—are teams that have two very strong personalities. And when they clash is where the real creativity takes place. Lennon-McCartney, Keith Richards-Mick Jagger ... two very different personalities and strong the same way."
Marin began collecting art around the time he embarked on his solo career, and, today, owns what is considered to be the largest private collection of Chicano art in the world. Seeking to bring exposure to unheralded artists, he formed the "Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge" exhibition, which toured several major American cities from 2001 to 2007. He currently serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and has been honored for his work with the Latino community.
When not devoting energy to creative and humanitarian projects, Marin enjoys spending time on the golf course. He married his third wife, Natasha, in August 2009, and has three children from previous marriages.
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